Anderson in, Pom Gone

While the majority of the MLB checked their tweets and posts hoping to get more information about the Mark Trumbo deal, the Rockies were busy putting together a trade with the A’s that on the surface seems like a good swap.  The specifics are this:

ROCKIES GET: LHP Brett Anderson and $2MM

THE A’s GET: LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Chris Jensen

The loss of Pomeranz feels a bit like the loss of Fowler – someone with so much potential hampered by physical and mental hurdles.

Unfortunately that seems to be the script for Anderson as well, at least with his time in Oakland.

Anderson has five years under his MLB belt with a career 3.81 ERA in his time with the A’s.  He is also 26-29 over that time, but his biggest concerning stat is his innings pitched.  He only had 163 innings pitched in the last three seasons total.  His Tommy John surgery in 2011 and stress fracture in 2013 were the major contributors to that, but the very fact that he hasn’t pitched over 100 innings in a single season since 2010 leaves a lot of question marks.  Then again, that year he went 2.80, so it is a very intriguing state nonetheless.

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Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Don’t know much about Anderson. I had high hopes like Jared about for Pomeranz but except for some flashes he obviously didn’t work out. So unless Anderson becomes a solid starter Rockies essentially got nothing for Ubaldo.

trip
trip
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I’m thinking the question should be why don’t any of the Rox pitching prospects don’t make it? Is it bad scouting, are they picking the wrong players?

Or is it bad coaching? They keep recycling the same pitching coaches around the system teaching bad habits everywhere they go?

Or perhaps it’s just bad luck? I know very few pitching prospects actually make it to the Bigs, but the Rox seem really really really unlucky in this area.

Thoughts anyone?

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
6 years ago
Reply to  trip

This is exactly the right question. Does St. Louis have a better system of teaching or scouting or, perhaps both (or dumb luck)? My guess is coaching. There isn’t a whole world of difference in players who make it and those that almost make it; it comes down to intangibles. I would think that a better coaching system leads to overall better results with similarly situated prospects. The Rockies have seem to had a little less luck in development, the… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
6 years ago
Reply to  trip

I seriously doubt it’s bad luck. It is definitely something else and you bad your own judge. What was Geivett’s title before his current O’Dowd sidekick job? Strictly my opinion but it is a couple of things. Bad luck or picking the wrong players are not on my list.

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